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Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway, Hendersonville, NC


The Oklawaha Greenway — An Overview

Hendersonville’s 3.5 mile Oklawaha Greenway winds through wetlands, meadows and forests to connect four parks. It takes its name from a Cherokee word meaning “slowly moving muddy waters” because much of the Greenway runs along Mud Creek, a key part of the Henderson County watershed. The Audubon Society recently named the Greenway as a birding “hot spot” because of the wide variety of birds it attracts. Wildflowers, native trees and small mammals abound. The fully paved Greenway is a five-minute drive from downtown Hendersonville and easily accessible from five convenient parking areas.


Seen on the Greenway


70 Miles of Local Greenways Planned

See Henderson County’s 30-Year Master Greenway Plan.


Latest News

A summary of Oklawaha Greenway news and events. See links and more information.

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NEW on the website — Plant of the Month    Fri., Sep. 10, 2021
"Plant of the Month" is a new monthly feature spotlighting a blooming native plant, interesting foliage, or unusual purpose or growth habit on display along the Greenway each month. Coming with your help — a map locating each month's special plant.
Rail line purchased for Ecusta Trail; Campaign launched to fund construction    Mon., Aug. 16, 2021
The long-awaited Ecusta Trail is one step closer to officially becoming a rail trail.
Ecusta Trail project gets $100K boost    Thu., Mar. 5, 2020
The possible development of the Ecusta Trail recently received a $100,000 boost from Transylvania County Tourism.
Vote for the Oklawaha Greenway    Sun., Jan. 26, 2020
From the City of Hendersonville: The Oklawaha Greenway is eligible for an NCDOT Mobi Award and we need your help to win! 
Greenway Plans Presented to Commissioners    Thu., Nov. 21, 2019
Community feedback and crucial next steps were presented to the County Board of Commissioners.
Oklawaha Greenway is part of the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 5    Wed., Oct. 16, 2019
Each year, Conserving Carolina issues a challenge to hikers to complete the White Squirrel Challenge, 8 hikes all on lands that Conserving Carolina has helped protect. This year, the Oklawaha Greenway is included!
$6.4 million Grant for Ecusta Trail    Tue., Oct. 8, 2019 at 5:15 PM
Conserving Carolina has received two grants to support the potential acquisition of the railroad line between Hendersonville and Brevard for future “railbanking” as the Ecusta Trail, a public walking and biking trail.
Bold Rock Hard Cider hosts fundraiser for proposed Mills River Valley Trail    Tue., Jul. 23, 2019 at 9:15 AM
From the Hendersonville Times-News, July 20, 2019
Trail idea is alive and well    Sun., Apr. 21, 2019
"Our View" from the Hendersonville Times-News. The Ecusta Trial, like the Oklawaha, is one of the priority greenways identified in the County Greenways Master Plan.
Oklawaha Greenway extension: Public gives input, asks questions    Wed., Apr. 17, 2019
A public meeting gave information about the Clear Creek Greenway extension project, which would add around three-quarters of a mile of paved trail and connect the existing Oklawaha Greenway to Carolina Village.
Greenways are a great investment    Sun., Apr. 14, 2019
Opinion piece by Dr. Ken Shelton from the Hendersonville Times-News.
Hendersonville council, Carolina Village plan greenway extension    Fri., Apr. 5, 2019
Hendersonville City Council members voted Thursday to submit a grant application for the Clear Creek Greenway extension.
Greenways plan shows progress    Fri., Apr. 5, 2019
"Our View" — A brief history of greenway support in Henderson County.
Park improvements: Henderson County to seek $500,000 grant    Wed., Apr. 3, 2019
From the Hendersonville Times-News. PARTF could fund improvements to Oklawaha Greenway.
Henderson County approves greenway plan for next 30 years    Tue., Apr. 2, 2019
Henderson County has officially adopted its draft 2020 Greenway Master Plan and will move forward with related feasibility studies.
'A dream come true': Commissioners unanimously endorse greenway plan    Mon., Apr. 1, 2019
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners expressed enthusiastic support for a countywide greenway plan.
City eyes grant application for Clear Creek greenway    Fri., Mar. 29, 2019
The Clear Creek extension to the Oklawaha Greenway would fit in with a master plan to extend the city greenway.
Oklawaha Trail - Bridge to be removed, pavement repaired    Thu., Mar. 14, 2019
Article in the Hendersonville Times-News
Five Advisiory Boards Endorse Greenway Master Plan    Wed., Nov. 28, 2018
Article from Hendersonville Lightning.
MountainTrue: More greenways needed for Henderson County communities    Sun., Nov. 11, 2018
Article by Katie Breckheimer in the Nov. 11, 2018 Hendersonville Times-News.
Greenway plan envisions 71-mile network of trails    Thu., Nov. 8, 2018
Article from the Hendersonville Lightning, Nov. 8, 2018.
County leads on greenways    Fri., Oct. 26, 2018
Building greenways is a long-term project... Henderson County is planning now.
Draft Greenways Master Plan for Henderson Co.    Sat., Oct. 20, 2018
The county's draft greenways master plan is ready for review and comment. Read the plan; look at the maps; fill out the quick survey; attend a public input session on 10/23 or 10/25. Support Greenways!
MPO announced grant for Mills River multiuse path    Wed., Jul. 25, 2018
From the Hendersonville Times-News.
Letter to the Editor - Government support for greenways    Tue., Jul. 17, 2018
From the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Dollars, jobs flow from paths    Mon., Apr. 9, 2018
Opinion piece in Hendersonville Times-News. "Should we support more greenways? Only if we want more jobs, strong economic growth, healthier residents and safe opportunities for outdoor recreation, all while improving our environment."
Study shows economic impact of NC greenways    Thu., Apr. 5, 2018
Article in the Hendersonville Times-News. "Overall, the study found the Brevard Greenway generates an annual sales revenue output of $1.56 million, supports 21 jobs and generates $614,000 in labor income."
Mills River Town Council approves Highway 280 multi-use path    Thu., Mar. 8, 2018
Article in Hendersonville Times-News. "A multi-use path to run alongside N.C. Highway 280 has been given the go ahead for the north Mills River area."
Charting Paths for the Future    Fri., Feb. 16, 2018
Opinion piece in the Hendersonville Times-News
‘Friends’ groups provide vital support for public lands    Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
Mountain XPress article about Friends groups by Danny Bernstein.
Create safe options to walk, bike    Fri., Dec. 8, 2017
Opinion piece in the Hendersonville Times-News.
County gets money to study Oklawaha Greenway expansion    Tue., Nov. 7, 2017
From the Hendersonville Times-News
Mountain Community School Wins Bikes, Plans Monthly Rides    Thu., Sep. 14, 2017
From the Hendersonville Times-News; mentions the Oklawaha Greenway.
Regional planners OK three greenway studies    Mon., Sep. 4, 2017
From the Hendersonville Lightning
Nature Nuts on the Greenway, Wednesdays during Sept. and Oct.    Thu., Aug. 24, 2017
Nature Nuts is a new program for families with young children, sponsored by Hands On! and Hendersonville Pediatrics.
Survey for NC 280 Multi-Use Path    Fri., Aug. 4, 2017
Community leaders are investigating the feasibility of a proposed 15-mile paved path between Mills River and Brevard, from Westfeldt Park, near the Asheville Airport, to Pisgah Forest at the junction of NC 280 and US 64. The proposed paved path would be parallel to and separated from the NC 280 roadway.
Ask13 Answers a Question about the Oklawaha Greenway    Mon., Jul. 31, 2017
From WLOS channel 13, Asheville.
Article from Hendersonville Lightning    Mon., Jul. 17, 2017
"Support for greenway expansion gains momentum in cities, county."
WLOS TV features "Born Learning" Trail    Fri., Jul. 14, 2017
New 'Born Learning' trail in Hendersonville prepares kids for kindergarten
Hendersonville Times-News article    Tue., Jul. 11, 2017
Brown to take over Parks and Recreation Department
Hendersonville Times-News opinion    Sun., Jul. 9, 2017
Kudos to county for Master Plans
"Strive Not to Drive" article from Hendersonville Times-News    Sun., May. 7, 2017
Step out of your car comfort zone - by Katie Breckheimer.
Article from Hendersonville Times-News    Thu., Apr. 13, 2017
Bluebirds on the Oklawaha Greenway
Article from Hendersonville Times-News    Tue., Apr. 11, 2017
'Walks and Talks' along the Greenway begin on April 22
Letter to the Editor - Relay on the Greenway    Sun., Apr. 9, 2017
From the Hendersonville Times-News
Letter to the Editor - A County Treasure    Sat., Apr. 1, 2017
From Hendersonville Times-News
Emergency Phones Installed Along Oklawaha Greenway    Tue., Mar. 28, 2017
From the Hendersonville Times-News
Master Plan for Greenway story - Hendersonville Times-News    Thu., Mar. 16, 2017
Report from the Henderson Co. Board of Commissioners meeting on March 15, 2017.
Letter to the Editor in support of Greenway    Thu., Mar. 9, 2017
From Hendersonville Times-News
Bluebird Nest Boxes    Mon., Mar. 6, 2017
More than a dozen new nest boxes have been installed on the Greenway, thanks to Joe Sanders and the Young Naturalists. The boxes in Jackson Park will be monitored by the County 4H Club.
New Website Promotes Trail    Wed., Feb. 22, 2017
From Hendersonville Times-News
Story featuring Oklawaha Greenway Photo    Tue., Jan. 31, 2017
'Roller coaster' weather not uncommon for January
Oklawaha Greenway story in the Hendersonville Times-News    Fri., Nov. 25, 2016
The Oklawaha Greenway and the Hendersonville Fun Friends meet-up group were mentioned as well as the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.


This Week on the Greenway

Recent Greenway notes and observations from our Greenway Scouts.

Sunday, January 23, 2022: Snow! – The snow that fell on Sunday, Jan. 16, was still very much here on Jan. 22. The Greenway was clear and walkable, though. Kudos to the City of Hendersonville maintenance people!

See our Blog page for the complete text of this post, photos, and for earlier blog posts.


Community Support for the Greenway

To date, 36 area organizations have written letters in support of the Oklawaha Greenway. See the letters.